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Good Fortune

(DVD - 2009)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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UN Habitat promises better housing to residents of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Meanwhile in the Kenyan countryside, Dominion Farms, a private U.S. company, hopes to elevate the local standard of living by converting pastures and farmland into rice fields. By taking their camera directly to the communities affected by these two ambitious development projects, the filmmakers discover what these do-gooder institutions can't seem to, why their presence is unwelcome by the very people they are trying to help.
Title: Good fortune
[videorecording]
Published: Brooklyn, NY : Transient Pictures ; [S.l.] : Distributed by PBS, c2009.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 73 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Includes deleted scenes.
Summary: UN Habitat promises better housing to residents of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Meanwhile in the Kenyan countryside, Dominion Farms, a private U.S. company, hopes to elevate the local standard of living by converting pastures and farmland into rice fields. By taking their camera directly to the communities affected by these two ambitious development projects, the filmmakers discover what these do-gooder institutions can't seem to, why their presence is unwelcome by the very people they are trying to help.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 160883302X
9781608833023
Branch Call Number: DVD 967.6204 GOO
Statement of Responsibility: a film by Landon Van Soest and Jeremy Levine
Credits: Director, Landon Van Soest ; editor, Jeremy Levine ; producers, Jeremy Levine, Landon Van Soest.
System Details: DVD, region 1, NTSC; widescreen; stereo.
Other Language: In English, Swahili, and Dholuo; subtitles in English.
Exhibitions: Shown during the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, 2009.
Subject Headings: Economic development projects Kenya Nairobi Video recordings. Dominion Farms Video recordings. United Nations Human Settlements Programme. Slum Upgrading Facility Video recordings. Poor Kenya Nairobi Video recordings. Kibera (Kenya) Video recordings. Slums Kenya Nairobi Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Documentary films.
Topical Term: Economic development projects
Poor
Slums
Publisher No: AMD62305
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A great documentary with some wonderful footage of two dramatically different landscapes in Kenya. The filmmakers also captured some terrible examples of paternalism by middle-to-upper class individuals, both Kenyan and American. African challenges require African solutions, not North American or European solutions. A great learning experience!

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